Stephen Timms MP paid a lunch-time visit to the YMCA George Williams College in Freemasons Road, Custom House on Friday 8 February. A lively group of students discussed a range of topics with the him, covering the Olympic legacy, faith and young people, community organization and housing.
Despite being less than two weeks into his new role as Minister of State for Employment and Welfare Reform, he was faced with plenty of questions about his new responsibilities from the students, all of whom are involved in youth and community work locally. Before leaving, he saw the College’s Mary Crosby Library which holds one of the country’s largest collections of books on youth and community work.
The specialist college is renowned as one of the best places to study youthwork in the country and draws its students from far and wide. It runs courses up to degree level and has a large number of students studying by correspondence. As well as academic training, students are given the opportunity to experience work placements in various projects throughout their courses.
Commenting on the visit Stephen Timms said: "I enjoyed the opportunity to visit the College to see the facilities there. The Library is very impressive and the teaching facilities are excellent. The students are all passionate about learning about youthwork and I was impressed with the breadth of the questions they asked me. I wish them all well as they continue towards qualifying as youthworkers and working for the good of our society".